Lot 118

Early Montana Territory & Montana Cabinet Cards

Estimate: $500 - $1,000

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$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
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$100,000 $5,000
Offered in this lot for your bidding pleasure are these original early Montana Territory & Montana Cabinet Cards. Included in this lot is a collection of seven original photographs from Montana, dated back as far as C.1870. The first two photos are of the Montana Railway in the winter and are marked 1898. On the back of the first photo is written, "Scene on Montana Ry 1898. Known as the Jawbone Ry. My first job in Montana as a brakeman + conductor." The second photo shows a train on the tracks with a plow on the front filled with snow and two men standing on the snow. On the back of this photo is written, "Scene on Montana Ry, 1898". The third photo is of five young men sitting around a table, playing cards. The back of this photo is marked "Zortman, Montana 1905". Back in the early 1920s, around 2,000 people resided in the Zortman area. Today, Zortman has switched its role from a bustling, prosperous mining town to a quaint and nostalgic village of approximately 60 residents. These cards measure 5 1/2" x 5 1/2". The next four photographs are cabinet cards of Montana "Men". The fist Montana "man" is a young boy in a soldiers uniform holding a rifle. The back of the cards says" Artistic Photography: Instantaneous Portraits Of Children A Successful Specialty Wm G. Schultz, Photographer 122 N. Main Street, Butte Mont. Duplicates Can Be Procured At Any Time.". On the front is a blind embossed stamp is "Palais Studio Superior Finish 122 N. Main St. Butte, Mont.". The next card has gold gilt scalloped edges and shows a man with a sword in fencing attire. On the back of the card is printed "From The Broadway Photograph Gallery Helena, Montana. Bundy & Company, Photographers All The Latest Novelties in Photography. Unexcelled Finish. Cabinet Photos a Specialty-Children also. Old Pictures Copied, Enlarged and Finished in India Ink, or Water Colors. All Work Guaranteed First Class. Additional Copies Of This Picture at Reduced Rates." On the front under the photograph in gold gilt is "Broadway Gallery Helena, Montana. Instantaneous Photo.". The third cabinet card also has gold scalloped edges. This card shows a man in a suite with a very impressive "Handlebar Mustache" and piercing blue eyes. Below the photograph in gold gilt is written "John Berkin Negatives Preserved Boulder Mont.". The fourth photograph is of a man in a uniform with a saber and feathered hat of Naval Bicorn style. Below the photograph is printed "Thos. H. Rutter (the photographer) Butte City M.T. The cabinet cards measure 6 1/2" x 4 1/4". When looking at these cards M.T. stood for Montana Territory (1864-1889) and Mont. was after becoming a state in 1889. These original photographs are in good condition for their over 100 year age.